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Amaal Mallik: Many filmmakers have preconceived notions about what a song should be

Composer-singer Amaal Mallik, who has to his credit the number Subah Subah, from the film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, says that he doesn’t like following trends and prefers to break the mould when composing.

music Updated: Jan 11, 2018 16:42 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Amaal Mallik,Amaal Malik
Music composer Amaal Mallik’s song, Subah Subah, has already crossed 15 million views since its release on January 2, 2018.

Bollywood composer and singer Amaal Mallik doesn’t believe in following the “same old trends” that make songs a hit. The 26-year-old believes in “breaking the mould” when he is asked to compose a song.

“In our industry, people (filmmakers) wake up to a sound that has been popular in the West for two years. It takes that long for people in the film industry to accept that song. There are many filmmakers who come with preconceived notions about how they want a song to be; they generally want a composer to follow the lines of a hit track. That’s why I like to work with filmmakers who aren’t averse to trying something fresh, something that’s just starting to become a trend,” he says.

Amaal has composed the song, Subah Subah, from the film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Views of the song have already crossed 15 million since its release on January 2, 2018. The composer feels that the film’s director, Luv Ranjan, gave him that “space” where he could work with the song “on his own”.

“Working with Luv was really fun. I fell in love with the film, after the first time Luv narrated it to me. He narrated the script and explained to me that he wanted a song according to a particular situation. After that, he didn’t tell me or direct me to approach the song in a certain way,” says Amaal.

“So, it was after some time that I was approached to do such a song — a happy party number. This is my genre,” says the composer. “For this song, I went into the space of the electronic music of Bob Sinclar (French record producer, and house music DJ), a very Nineties disco sound, something that musicians like Kygo and [The] Chainsmokers are also doing. That was my thought when I started making the song.”

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First Published: Jan 11, 2018 16:41 IST